We are almost half way into 2016. We’ve gotten some great games so far. Let’s list them. Here are the top games of 2016 so far.
Note: These games aren’t in any sort of order, we’re just listing them. Also remember to check back periodically, as I’m sure this list will look totally different by the end of the year.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Nathan Drake’s first new outing on the PS4, (and possibly the last overall) has a good story, pure adrenaline-inspiring action, and the best gameplay mechanics the series has seen yet. All of this, packed on to the game’s beautiful scenery and graphics, proves to be a worthy sendoff for the franchise.
Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
If you own a PS4, go buy this game. Not only is it a definitive experience of one of Playstation’s most iconic and fun series, but its damn good in its own right too. With Pixar-like graphics, great gameplay mechanics, and a ton of new guns to annihilate your enemies with, Ratchet and Clank 2016 is a highlight of this year. See why Brandon Gregory called it “a must own the title for the platform.” here.
Quantum Break (XONE, PC)
Microsoft’s new time-bending third-person shooter has proven it can stand with the big guys by being the Xbox One’s “best selling new IP this generation.” Quantum Break has performances by greats actors like Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) and Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones), spectacular time-bending game mechanics, and an impactful story. The guys behind Max Payne hit another home run.
Far Cry: Primal (PS4, XONE, PC)
The next chapter in the Far Cry saga took us to a place never seen before in the series, the Stone Age. And Far Cry’s gameplay mechanics fit right in. With excellent supporting characters, intuitive controls, and an “absolutely beautiful experience”, Far Cry: Primal doesn’t disappoint. Check out our review here.
Overwatch (XONE, PC, PS4)
The newest competitor in the FPS genre, Overwatch was hyped from the very beginning, and for good reason. With its very fun approach to shooting, large roster of interesting characters to play as, and a good balance between those characters, Overwatch stands on its own right as a good FPS. See why our very own Jared Miner said it was “pure online fun” here.
The Division (PS4, XONE, PC)
Ubisoft’s third person MMO sold remarkably well, and, despite not being as great as we once thought it would be, did a good job when it fully embraced what it was. The Division has great core mechanics, a great PvP and PvE environment, and a refreshing progression system. Not too shabby. Read our full review here.
Firewatch (PS4, PC)
Another indie hit among PC and PS4 players alike, this adventure game about a man avoiding his own life had a beautiful story, a captivating environment, and nice looking cell shaded graphics. Its plot is one that you can carve for yourself with “Telltale game like” choices, and its characters (all two of them) brought some serious emotion to the table. Its just one of those games that hit right in the feels when the credits roll by.
Dark Souls 3 (PS4, XONE, PC)
The third part of From Software’s Dark Souls series doesn’t disappoint. With a better weapons system, amazing scenery, and more punishment than anyone could ever ask for in a videogame, it is the purest and most refined game in the series. It’s also probably my personal favorite of the year so far. Read my in-depth review here.
The Witness (PS4, PC)
Jonathan Blow’s new puzzle game is one of the most sensational and beautiful experiences I’ve ever had with a video game. Oh yeah, and did I mention ingenious? Well that too. Times four. This game holds its serenity very dear, along with its difficulty. Its great.
Stardew Valley (PC)
Alright PC peeps, I’ll throw you a bone. If you aren’t an avid PC gamer, you may not know about Eric Barone’s RPG farming game, Stardew Valley. Well that’s your loss, as this game is not just another farming simulator. Choices will be made. Relationships will be broken. But your crops will be nice and grown.
5/26/16: Replaced Rise of The Tomb Raider with Uncharted 4, as it was only standing as a PC title for 2016. Also replaced Oxenfree with Overwatch.
4/30/16: Original Post